Craftsmanship On The Roof: The “Gasthaus Zum Riesen” Project

Project Details:

  • Client: Cilly und Werner Jöst, Miltenberg
  • Architect: Staib und Wiener, Würzburg
  • Roofer: Andreas Hofmann, Eibelstadt
  • Clay roof tiles used: Beaver tiles from the beaver gallery, size 18 x 38 cm, 16 mm, thick, special order


The Story Behind:

The “Gasthaus Zum Riesen” in Miltenberg am Main is one of the oldest inns in Germany. First mentioned in 1158, it has played host to emperors and kings. Now, one of the roofs has been refurbished using very special beaver tiles from the MANUFAKCraftsmanship On The Roof: The “Gasthaus Zum Riesen” ProjectTUR  range. When the severely run-down “Zum Riesen” inn was approved for demolition in 1970, architect Werner Jost and his wife “rescued” the famous building and subjected it to a programme of extensive refurbishment. Today, the former carriage hall houses an inn, while the Josts live on the upper floors. However, most of the historic hotel is still to be found on this site. The lively roof landscape of this complex, which dates back to 1590, and its different roofing materials, small canopies, oriels and little towers demand very special solutions that are especially suited for listed buildings. As not enough historic tiles were available for the new roof, Friedrich Staib from architect‘s office Staib und Wiener in Wurzburg ultimately chose the MANUFAKTUR range from Koramic while searching for an adequate roofing material.


Architectural Significance:

For 30 years, the office of Staib und Wiener has mainly been involved with looking after listed buildings. Architect Alfred Wiener was heavily involved in Bavaria with the development of methods for investigative and analytical processes for listed buildings.

The roofing of the “Zum Riesen” inn is made up of many different roofs. The inn is roofed with various materials of differing ages. One of the old tiled roofs completely retiled. Old historic roof material is increasingly hard to come by, of uncertain quality and also expensive. Moreover, the inn is in Miltenberg’s pedestrian zone, surrounded by pedestrian traffic, with all the consequences of safety, transporting materials, scaffolding and building time.

After extensive testing, only clay beaver tiles from Koramic’s Manufaktur  range were considered in the end.The architect Staib has a special place for Koramic,”We worked with Koramic for the first time on this project. But I think that in the future we will probably make full use of the wide range of colour and surface technologies of this range, especially their fine adjustment, for the purpose of listed building maintenance”, said Staib.

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